REFORMED BIBLE SEMINARY
Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary is a dedicated prison seminary that operates within the Danville Correctional Center (Illinois) and the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, the Westvile (Indiana) Correctional Center and the Rockville (Indiana) Correctional Center.
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PROFESSOR of MINISTERIAL STUDIES
Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary’s newest faculty member is Rev. Paul Ipema. Rev. Ipema has been appointed Professor of Ministerial Studies and joins colleagues Rev. Nathan Brummel, Professor of Systematic Theology, Rev. Ken Anema, Professor of Old Testament, and John Surowiec, Instructor. He is a graduate of Dordt College and Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Over the past 21 years Rev. Ipema has served pastorates in Lansing, IL, Nampa, ID and most recently in Schererville, IN. He and his wife, Karin, have three children. The Ipema family currently resides in Cedar Lake, IN.
After the first day of classes, Rev. Ipema shared his impressions.
“Transitions are often refreshing and exciting [and sometimes even necessary], but they can also be more than a little intimidating. Those were my feelings upon entering the Danville Correctional Center to begin my first day as a new instructor at Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary. What had drawn me to this ministry was the prospect of serving in a challenging new ministry environment that allowed me to develop and use my gifts as a theological instructor. But even more compelling was the opportunity to minister and counsel the gospel of Jesus Christ to relatively new Christians who were facing the unique challenges of prolonged incarceration. In remarkable and completely unexpected ways, the Lord in His providence opened doors of opportunity to me as I completed my studies at the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation. My prayer is that 21 years of pastoral experience combined with five years of pastoral counseling instruction will equip me to serve as a theological instructor who is able to show students where theology and life intersect; where the truths of Scripture transform us from death to life and shape us to be useful instruments in the Redeemer’s hands. “The first day of class confirmed all the advice that my colleagues had shared with me. The nature of prison ministry requires patience and flexibility. Regulations and restrictions play a large role in shaping the events of the day. Be prepared for sudden, unexpected changes; learn to improvise as lesson plans are altered by circumstances beyond your control. Yet through all of that is the satisfaction of seeing how the gospel radically changes lives. What a joy it is to witness the risen Christ instilling hope in the hearts of those living in seemingly hopeless circumstances. It also reminds me of something I said to the students in their enthusiasm to lavish praise upon their seminary instructors. “Your praise is kind and it is flattering,” I said. “But in the end, we are simply beggars telling others where bread is to be found. And not just any bread, but the richest of fare.” [Isaiah 55:2] I can hardly think of a more gratifying way to spend my first day at Divine Hope.”
At their July meeting, the Board of Directors of Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary asked Dr. George Pierson to become the Vice President of Advancement. Dr. Pierson gratefully accepted this invitation and began his work on Sept. 1, 2015. Dr. Pierson Joins Divine Hope after a 28-year career as an associate professor of philosophy at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. Dr. Pierson came to Christ as a freshman in college. As a new believer, he was blessed by being discipled in the reformed Christian faith, which opened up for him the riches of God’s faithfulness, holiness, and mercy. For Dr. Pierson, to be able to be a part of a ministry that shares the rich banquet of reformed faith with spiritually hungry men and women is a great blessing. Dr. Pierson will be working with you, the community that supports Divine Hope Seminary’s ministry, facilitating giving and encouraging the community with accounts of what God is doing in the lives of prisoners. He also looks forward to widening the DHRBS community by introducing to new people the story of how the prisoners’ lives are transformed through the teaching provided by DHRBS. God has opened doors of opportunity at two new sites in Indiana, the Westville Correctional Facility and at the Rockville Women’s Correctional Facility (see the following article). Please pray about how God can use you in the flourishing of this work.
“I look forward to getting to know the Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary community,” said Dr. Pierson, “both in and out of prison. God is doing a great work through this ministry and it will be my privilege to share with you both new and on-going opportunities to support our students and faculty.”
Dr. Pierson lives in Blue Island, Illinois and just celebrated 40 years of marriage to Ginny. He and Ginny are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Palos Heights, Illinois. They are parents of two daughters and grandparents of six- and three-year old boys. Dr. Pierson is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), a congregation with two sites, in Hinsdale, IL and Palos Heights, IL, where Dr. Pierson and his wife worship. Dr. Pierson is a regular member of the music team during worship, participates in family fellowship groups, serves as a Men’s Bible Study leader, and leads Adult Sunday School classes. Dr. Pierson can be reached at by phone or text at 708.557.0538 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVANCEMENT
Divine Hope Reformed Bible Seminary's Faculty create out curriculum. MINTS also has assisted in creating some of our curriculum. Feel free to check out some of our curriculum.
Divine Hope Studio produces content that is taken inside of prison, and is edited by Brummel Production Studio. This allows us to make student testimonials. Check them out on our video page